After nearly twenty years in Québec, Google Canada is celebrating the official opening of the Google Viger space, a sustainability-focused office in downtown Montréal. The office proudly pays homage to local Montréal communities and the vibrancy of the city. To deepen support for Quebec’s technology ecosystem, Google is committing $2.75 million, which includes continued support of $1,5 million for Mila.
Today’s new $1.5 million in funding to Mila Quebec Artificial Intelligence Institute will help support fundamental AI research projects in areas like AI for Humanity, climate change, and sustainable agriculture. Support will also be provided to increase successful participation of students and faculty from underrepresented groups in computing research careers. Mila’s work to push boundaries in the development of innovative approaches to machine learning for AI, has put Montréal on the map as a world-renowned AI hub.
“Google’s ongoing investment in AI in Quebec and at Mila is a testament to the strength of private, public, and academic partnerships that enable the best and brightest researchers as they advance responsible AI applications across sectors,” says Valérie Pisano, President and CEO, Mila. “Google’s ongoing commitment to Mila’s research community and our equity, diversity, and inclusion initiatives confirms Quebec’s global leadership position in AI, enabling cutting-edge research, growth and innovation.”
Google’s philanthropy brings the best of Google to help solve some of humanity’s biggest challenges combining funding, innovation, and technical expertise to support underserved communities and provide opportunity for everyone. We engage nonprofits and social enterprises who make a significant impact on the communities they represent, and whose work has the potential to produce meaningful change. We want a better world, faster — and we believe in leveraging technology and applying scalable data-driven innovation to move the needle.
Founded in 1993 by Professor Yoshua Bengio of the Université de Montréal, Mila is an artificial intelligence research institute that today brings together more than 1000 researchers specialized in machine learning. Based in Montreal, Mila’s mission is to be a global hub of scientific advances that inspires innovation and the growth of AI for the benefit of all. Mila is a non-profit organization recognized worldwide for its important contributions to the field of deep learning, particularly in the areas of language modeling, machine translation, object recognition and generative models.